2012 Grammy Nominations

The main 2012 Grammy nominees were announced this evening on The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night telecast. And it’s a big ole pop fest for this year’s crop of nominees, with Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Bruno Mars all vying for Album Of The Year. (Oh, and the Foo Fighters, for the rock crowd, of course.) Jump below for the full list of nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, check our predictions and let us know which nominations surprised you the most.

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This was a good year for Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy collaborator Justin Vernon (who performs as Bon Iver), with the Wisconsin native scoring noms for Song and Record Of The Year (for “Holocene”). Unfortunately for Yeezy, whose all-star “All Of The Lights” is up for Song Of The Year, his Fantasy opus and his Jay-Z collab Watch The Throne were shut out of Album Of The Year. We truly believe that the former, which landed on the top of more year-end lists than you can count last December, would have placed a spot had ‘Ye not abandoned promoting the LP so early into 2011. (He makes up for the slight by pulling double duty in the Best Rap Album category, though.)

Rihanna’s Loud, on the other hand, came out a week earlier than Kanye’s LP, but it couldn’t be ignored, with the Barbados pop star releasing seven singles off the album (four of those Top 10 hits).

Beyonce’s 4 is all but absent here, besides the lone nomination for her single “Party”, featuring Andre 3000 (as opposed to the single version, which features Best New Artist nominee J. Cole). Her I Am… World Tour received a nod for Best Long Form Music Video.

For dance fans, Robyn scored two nominations, one for Best Dance/Electronica Song for “Call Your Girlfriend” and the other for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Body Talk Pt. 3. And Daft Punk nabbed a nod for Best Score Soundtrack for their work on Tron: Legacy.

And though Foster The People’s debut LP Torches missed out on Album Of The Year (the main pick on our Grammy wish list!), they did get a nom for Best Rock Album and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for their ubiquitous jam “Pumped Up Kicks”. They’re in stiff competition in that category, though, as the late Amy Winehouse is also up for her duet with Tony Bennett, “Body And Soul”. (Then again, Michael Jackson was posthumously nominated last year for “This Is It”, and lost out to Bruno Mars.)


Record of the Year
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Katy Perry, “Firework”

Song of the Year
Kanye West, “All of the Lights”
Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bon Iver, “Holocene”
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Album of the Year
Adele, 21
The Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Rihanna, Loud

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You” — Adele
“Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“Firework” — Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” — Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” — The Black Keys
“Paradise” — Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Dance Recording
“Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
“Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
“Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii
“Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn
“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex
“Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Zonoscope, Cut/Copy
4×4=12, Deadmau5
Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta
Body Talk, Pt. 3, Robyn
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
The Gift, Susan Boyle
In Concert On Broadway, Harry Connick Jr.
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane
What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand

Best Rock Performance
“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” — Coldplay
“Down By The Water” — The Decemberists
“Walk” — Foo Fighters
“The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
“Lotus Flower” — Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater
“White Limo” — Foo Fighters
“Curl Of The Burl” — Mastodon
“Public Enemy No. 1″ — Megadeth
“Blood In My Eyes” — Sum 41

Best Rock Album
Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck
Wasting Light — Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon
I’m With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love — Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver — Bon Iver
Codes and Keys — Death Cab For Cutie
Torches — Foster The People
Circuital — My Morning Jacket
The King of Limbs — Radiohead

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét
“Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” — R. Kelly
“Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. — Chris Brown
Second Chance — El DeBarge
Love Letter — R. Kelly
Pieces Of Me — Ledisi
Kelly — Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000
“I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
“I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake
“Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
“All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Performance
“Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco
“Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake
“Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap Album
Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
“Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride
“Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton
“Mean” — Taylor Swift
“Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood

Best Country Song
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy
“God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes
“Just Fishin’” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill
“Mean” — Taylor Swift
“Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian
“You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter

Best Americana Album
Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris
Ramble At The Ryman — Levon Helm
Blessed — Lucinda Williams

Best Blues Album
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball
Man In Motion — Warren Haynes
The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’
Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive — Steve Earle
Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes
Ukulele Songs — Eddie Vedder
The Harrow & The Harvest — Gillian Welch

The trophies awarded by the Recording Academy will be handed out at the annual Grammy ceremony on Feb. 12, 2012. For the full list of nominations, check out the official Grammy website.

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  • adamcmr

    I wish Sleeper Agent’s “Celabrasion” would’ve been nominated. It was such a solid album from such a young group. It’s on Amazon for $5 btw http://amzn.to/v9s7KQ

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  • jb

    Rihanna esomos com voçê!

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  • http://www.merchandisingselections.blogspot.com Linda Goffigan

    What is Ciara’s talent except collaborating with Missy Elliott on the Step song and being attractive as is most female singers that Missy works with?


    yeah rihanna i hope she snatchs the pop vocal album, for those who don’t think that rihanna’s loud should be nominated you should know that out of all the albums released last year rihanna’s has so far sold the most with over 6 million sold and still selling! i think adele will take home album of the year though, but i think rihanna has the best rap/sung collaboration in the bag with whats my name.

  • Yo

    I wish Stereo Hearts was also nominated

  • ksmyt

    I can’t believe real rock music is so often snubbed by the music “elite”. That somebody would even think Adele is worthy of running against the Foo Fighters for Album of the Year is astounding, if not ridiculous to consider. The fact that Wasting Light was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, using ANALOG equipment is enough to put it ahead of anything else nominated, but music execs. obviously don’t care about that. Electronically produced music and voice is quickly becoming the breadwinner with today’s audiences, and that’s just what the execs want.

  • Kon

    Another Failed year for Justin Bieber :).

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  • deer5803

    Thank you Grammys for putting up some real talent such as Mumford and sons and Bon iver How very Brave of you Thank you Thank you Thank you